July 25, 1998
I was watching television last week. Two men were playing a tennis match. Four men were describing the match. Does this make sense to anyone? Does it mean we will have 44 announcers for "Monday Night Football"? EARLE NELSON Irvine
January 6, 1990
Silly me! I like Jack Youngblood's radio work so much that we've turned off the TV announcers all season to listen to the "Blood and Bob Show." But what do I know? I'm just a fan. BETTY BETTS Anaheim
April 17, 2009 |
For more than a generation the avuncular John Madden was the principal voice of America's most popular game, professional football. In his more than 30 years as a broadcaster, the former coach turned announcer appeared on all four networks and was familiar to those old enough to remember his 1977 Super Bowl victory with the Oakland Raiders as to those young enough to tackle his bestselling video game.
January 24, 1987
I can hardly wait for the incredible Super Bowl game, with the incredible teams and the incredible quarterbacks, and most of all the incredible TV announcers. Just think, we can listen to the incredible Motor-Mouth Madden tell us about all those incredible insights, like these from the NFC championship game: "If Washington wins, they go to Pasadena, but if they lose the Giants will be there!" Or "The score is 10-0 favor of the Giants, if they score it will be 17-0" It is really incredible how Motor-Mouth Madden gives us all those incredible tips on the game.
March 28, 1992
CBS has ruined the NCAA basketball tournament for me. It's not so much because of the unintelligible graphics or inexperienced announcers (they barely have enough talent to cover one game at a time, let alone a dozen). Rather, it's that they have effectively prevented the viewer from enjoying what March Madness is all about--lots of games. They pick and choose what is to be seen. They grab all of the coverage and parcel it out in bits and pieces. They are destroying what ESPN built, and the viewer is at their mercy.
September 7, 2002
I'm not qualified to judge the accuracy of Howard Rosenberg's comments on baseball announcers, save for one ("Aiming Some Chin Music at Major League Baseball Announcers," Sept. 2). His attempt to satirize Vin Scully was both silly and sophomoric. Scully is to baseball broadcasting what Roy Hobbs was in "The Natural": "The best there was, and the best there ever will be." For more than 50 years, he has been expert, congenial, entertaining, colorful, relentlessly cheerful, exasperatingly fair and, above all, thoroughly decent.
January 26, 2003 |
Growing up in Iran, Nick Zahab often narrated imaginary soccer games to put his little brother to sleep. These days, he keeps Iranian Laker fans awake as the play-by-play man for radio station KIRN's Farsi-language broadcasts of the Laker games on 670 AM. Well, play-by-play man and cultural ambassador to Southern California's hundreds of thousands of Iranian immigrants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2007 |
Carlos Amezcua, the longtime KTLA-TV Channel 5 morning news anchor who was viewed as a potential replacement for the late Hal Fishman on the station's 10 p.m. newscast, has decided to move to rival KTTV-TV Channel 11, station officials said Tuesday. Amezcua, who has been with KTLA for more than 16 years, had been working as the interim evening news anchor after Fishman died this summer. "We had hoped that he would be in that position, but obviously things take turns.
June 15, 1988 |
I learned something in watching Israeli TV coverage of the European basketball championships while in Jerusalem recently. I learned that you don't necessarily need sportscasters on a sports telecast. The Israelis had them, but we didn't talk the same language. Unable to understand the Hebrew-speaking announcers doing the games, however, I still could follow the action merely from the pictures. It was simple: The ball either went in the hoop or it didn't.
October 7, 2007 |
Vin Scully, who just completed his 58th season behind the Dodgers microphone, sat down recently in the Dodger Stadium press box to discuss the tumultuous 1957 season -- the Dodgers' final season in Brooklyn -- and what followed: Question: Which team did you root for as a kid? Answer: I was born in the Bronx and raised in an area called Washington Heights. I was able to walk from my grammar school to the old Polo Grounds where the Giants played, so I grew up a rabid Giants fan.